The webinar series runs from October until December 2017 and addresses environmental governance issues of the mining sector with case studies from Colombia, Kenya, Mozambique and Mongolia.
The four webinars will focus on environmental governance issues and the prevention of socio environmental mining conflicts, and highlight experiences and lessons learned from several initiatives worldwide.
The webinar series was produced by the Environmental Governance Programme, a cooperation of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish EPA) and UNDP within the Swedish EPA’s global program.
The first webinar on Environmental Governance of the Mining Sector, held once in English and once in Portuguese, brought together 269 people from across all over the world.
The webinar explored strategies to mitigate the effects of mining on human rights including the right to a safe and healthy environment of different groups in society, across time, and across different localities. The webinar introduced the ecosystem services framework and explained how it can be used to enhance public decision-making and strengthened Environmental Impact Assessment procedures, thus preventing the negative effects of mining.
The webinar focused also on the environmental licensing functions and tasks of government institutions at the national and regional level. Using Colombia as a case study, the role of public administration in promoting good governance and preventing environmental harm by the mining sector was analyzed.
Participants raised provoking questions about environmental impact assessments, balancing economic development with environmental impacts, as well as the ecosystems and wellbeing framework. For example, one participant asked, “does the economic benefit of mining justify the environmental damage?”
Some insights emerging from the first webinar are that human rights principles should be guiding the criteria prior to granting a mining concession, requiring an examination of whether societal benefits of the project are larger than the societal costs.
This webinar provides an overview of mining waste management, with a special focus on the need to design mine waste facilities to ensure safe and orderly closure once mining has ceased. It will address human rights issues related to mining waste management and mine closure, how harm and conflict can be prevented, and what that implies in terms of governance. Case studies from Mozambique and Brazil will be used as a starting point for discussions and sharing experiences.
This webinar provides a broad overview of environmental monitoring. We will discuss Human Rights principles and procedural rights, as well as environmental monitoring during the different stages in the mining project cycle, from planning to post-closure. A case study from Mongolia will be used as a starting point for discussions and sharing experiences.
This webinar provides a broad overview of meaningful stakeholder engagement and why it matters. We explore tools you can use to develop effective strategies to integrate stakeholder engagement into the environmental management of mining. A case study from Kenya will be used as a starting point for discussions and sharing experiences.
The webinar series is hosted by the Swedish EPA, the NBSAP Forum and the UNDP-World Bank GOXI Community of Practice for Environmental and Social Conflict Prevention in the Extractive Sector.
For more information about the webinar series, please contact Sanna Due.